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Carnival for the Troops Kicks Off Today in Kennewick

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The 4th Annual Carnival for the Troops gets underway today at the Hobby Lobby parking lot in Kennewick. The 4th Annual Carnival for the Troops gets underway today at the Hobby Lobby parking lot in Kennewick.

KENNEWICK, WA - The 4th Annual Carnival for the Troops gets underway today at the Hobby Lobby parking lot in Kennewick.

The 10-day carnival features adult and kid amusement rides, food and games. New this year is a ride called "Drop Zone." It's a vertical lift that drops 70 feet to the ground. 

Guardians of Freedom Project is responsible for the carnival and a portion of  the proceeds will help support wounded soldiers serving in Afghanistan; the local non-profit send new clothes and daily essentials (towels, deodorant, shavers, t-shirts, etc).

The  founder, Amy Withers, started the group after her brother called, from overseas, asking for supplies. Withers says she continues to send supplies because the need is still there.

"He simply said thank you to us and he couldn't say it enough times.," said Withers, describing the time she ran into a veteran wearing one of her shirts. "He said, 'all I had to do was get better and come home...everything was there for me--I didn't have to worry about anything.' And that was the deciding factor that we'd continue to work until we're not needed anymore."

Carnival Information
Runs April 3rd -13th: 
 Thursday: 3pm to Close 
 Friday: 12pm to Close 
 Saturday: 11am to Close
 Sunday: 12pm to Close 
 Mon-Wed: 3pm to Close 

Closing time is dependent on attendance and the weather. Organizers anticipate closing around 11pm on weekdays and later on the weekends.
 

Arm Bands: $25
Military Discount Bands: $15 (With I. D.)
Tickets: $3.75 each (each ride 1 ticket)
10 Tickets: $32

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